Voyaging from the water to the workplace, Chloe Tanner is a Procurement Officer at Babcock Australasia and a Royal Australian Navy veteran, who has a passion for Australia’s defence industry.
A country girl at heart, Chloe grew up on a farm in rural New South Wales, two hours outside of Newcastle. Inspired to experience life outside of her small hometown, Chloe joined the Navy as a Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Sailor.
“I joined the Navy at the age of 18 and have served on operations and on many war vessels. Serving in the Navy has provided me with experiences and taught me many skills that has shaped me into who I am today,” Chloe says.
“After joining the Navy, I realised how much I enjoy the high pressure work that is involved in the procurement/supply chain industry. I knew this was the career path I wanted to pursue once I was ready to discharge.”
“Once the role at Babcock came available, I knew it was an opportunity not to pass up. Being part of a great company whilst still being involved with assisting fellow Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel was something I wanted to continue to do.”
Today, Chloe works within Babcock’s Counter – Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (C-CBRNE) team in Adelaide, South Australia. Here, she plays an integral role in the high-performing and highly-skilled team that is responsible for the sustainment of the ADF’s C-CBRNE fleet.
“A typical day for me involves working alongside the C-CBRNE Technical Officers to provide the ADF with a full capability of the C-CBRNE equipment. This involves liaising with suppliers within Babcock’s technical support network, Australian Defence personnel and freight service providers for a range of tasks related to logistics and supply support functions,” Chloe explains.
“My time in the Navy has assisted me in my role at Babcock because I understand the systems and information required, the assets we are dealing with, and the process/procedures that are required to be followed to get the task completed.”
Reflecting on her time at Babcock so far, Chloe is proud of her achievements and more excited than ever about her future with the company.
“Being at Babcock and working on the C-CBRNE contract, I believe I have grown personally and professionally, and my confidence has increased significantly. There are people throughout the company and also externally that rely on me and the work that I complete, so I ensure that it is kept at a high standard,” Chloe says.
“My aim is to progress to a project management level in the next 10-15 years. I would love to advance my career through the structure in the next five years, with the next step being a Senior Procurement Officer within the team.”
“Working as part of Babcock with Australian Industry partners gives you a real sense of purpose – the Defence Force relies on you. The work completed behind the scenes plays a vital role to the safety and security of Australia.”
Babcock is committed to supporting the veteran community through recruitment, retention and workplace culture strategies. As part of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, Babcock is proud to have recently signed the Veterans’ Employment Commitment, which recognises the skills and experience of veterans.
“Babcock achieves so much within the defence industry, not only in Australia, as there are always new contracts to be involved in. I am proud to be with such a high achieving company that has so much potential for the future,” Chloe says.